Visual Representations

Visual representations help students develop conceptual understanding and procedural fluency. Teachers incorporate visual representations into their instruction to model new concepts, help students move from concrete to abstract understanding, and provide a strategy for translating word problems into numerical statements. Both teachers and students interact with visual representations, which can include number lines, area models, nets, arrays, and a variety of other visual displays.

Field Guide Alignments: Mathematics, Principle 4, Practice 1; Principle 7, Practices 1-3


Learn about the strategy

Online PD module
Developed by AIR, EDC, and CAST

 Online PD module
Developed by Annenberg Foundation

Professional development tool 
Doing What Works

Online article
Developed by Center for Implementing Technology in Education


See the strategy in action

Expert guidance
Developed by Doing What Works

Overview for teachers
Developed by Doing What Works

Demo lessons using number lines
Developed by the Teaching Channel

Demo lesson using multiple visual representations
Developed by the Teaching Channel


Use the strategy

Lesson materials
Developed by AIR

Online interactive math lessons
Developed by Annenberg Foundation

Instructions and reproducible templates
Developed by MSMI

6th grade geometry lesson plan 
Developed by AIR 

Virtual manipulatives online 
Developed by Utah State University

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